I read an article in this morning's newspaper about how one can connect with a mate by divulging what their favorite cinematic love scene is. I thought it was an interesting concept. It could reveal a lot of what their concept of romance is and how they feel about love in general.
Deep thoughts in my mind oftentime need to be compartmentalized into buckets. Such a mental bucket could be in the form of a list! What I'm really getting at is that it's "List time"! Here are my top 10 favorite classic romance scenes (nothing post 60's!). In no particular order...
- An Affair to Remember (1957) - I don't want to ruin it for people, since really the scene I'm talking about is in fact the ending. So, let's just say its the ending and yes, I do have to have a box of tissues nearby.
- The Facts of Life (1960) - Who says love can't be funny? I find the naughty scene with Bob Hope and Lucille Ball at the drive-in hilarious. They almost get caught by Bob's neighbor, who's in the neighboring car, so they lock lips and drive away just like that; lip-locked. And Lucille and Bob juggle the gas and break pedals while still lip-locked. Hilarious! Now that's commitment to an extramarital affair!
- On the Waterfront (1954) - Any scene where Marlon Brando's character is clumsily romancing Eva Marie Saint. It's simple and innocent but driven by a repressed passion that is bulging at the seams. Caliente!
- A Patch of Blue (1965) - Selina is so innocent that she can't help but show her attraction to Gordon. Their kiss and her shame of being "done over" makes me want to go outside and scream "why can't they just be together!!!".
- Now, Voyager (1942) - Being content with being in close proximity to each other and not being actually together is a difficult task to accomplish. But you believe it when Bette Davis tells Paul Henreid not to wish for the moon, when they have the stars.
- Woman of the Year (1942) - The reason why Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy were together for so long. The moment the two characters meet is electric. I almost fall out of my chair everytime I see it.
- All That Heaven Allows (1956) - I am particularly captivated by the quiet scene when Rock Hudson has a coffee and a roll with Jane Wyman. You see the very first sparks light up. At that point, you know there is overwhelming passion to follow.
- The Magnificent Obsession (1954) - All of us dream of the bad boy who changes his ways when he falls in love with the right woman. Hello! Rock Hudson goes from spoiled brat to do-gooder when Jane Wyman loses her husband and her sight but steals his heart. When he starts to woo her, when she is blind, you want to hate him but you just can't!
- The Apartment (1960) - Shirley Maclaine's character tries to commit suicide. Jack Lemmon nurses her back to health. The gin rummy game they play shows what a genuinely romantic guy Lemmon's character is. Sometimes the good guy does get the girl.
- Rear Window (1954) - Do you ever notice that in Hitchcock movies, the girl is usually wooing the guy? Hmph! I like it in Rear Window though. Especially the scene when Grace Kelly smothers James Stewart with kisses. She wants to commit but he's very reluctant. Sometimes ya gotta work to woo your man!